Tree-hugger (n) ~an environmental campaigner (used in reference to the practice of embracing a tree in an attempt to prevent it from being felled).
Raising awareness about the importance of Trees
More than 2,000 people gathered in Kathmandu on June 5 in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. To mark the World Environment Day and to raise awareness about the importance of trees; politicians, students, activists and other related parties assimilated on the outskirts of Kathmandu in an approach to save trees.
Our goal is to set a new world record and at the same time spread the message that trees are important for the environment and everyone.
~Thaneswor Guragai (Event Coordinator)
Breaking the previously held record by 936 people of Portland, USA, the greater inhabitants of Kathmandu and outside gathered in thousands for the great cause.
“Hariyo Ban Nepal ko Dhan”
(Healthy green forests are the wealth of Nepal) It’s an approach initiated by World Wildlife Fund along with Nepalese government and communities targeting to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal.
WWF works hand in hand with local communities in protecting their forests by the means of providing resources; information, tools etc, to cultivate ideas of biodiversity conservation, payments for ecosystem services including REDD+ and climate change adaptation on the grassroots.
A 5 years initiative, the approach has made Nepal regain its past glory of biodiversity richness.
Current state of Forest in Nepal
Forest and shrub land cover about 39 percent (5.83 million hectares) of the total land area (DFRS, 1999).
National forests are divided into five categories:
- Government managed forests
- Community forests
- Religious forests
- Leasehold forests
- Private forests
Most of the forest area falls in Terai region or lowlands of Nepal, which is mainly occupied by sub-tropical forests. One one hand, smuggling of trees and its byproducts are still rampant in many regions of Terai, and on other, many people cut down trees primarily for establishing settlements and for firewood, therefore, dwindling the ecological reserves of Nepal.